Today's Astrology Forecast | December 10, 2019 - healing words, something is starting to get serious/firmed up, a need to make smart decisions

The Moon is void until 11:47AM EST (sleep in you won't miss anything important) and then moves into communicative, dual-minded and busy Gemini.

She opposes Mercury (freshly minted in Sagittarius) at 3:43PM EST (a disagreement). This is also the day Mercury trines (brakes off) a retrograde Chiron in Aries. The Sun will reach a 135 degree aspect with Uranus today creating a sesquiquadrate (imbalance - maybe a change of belief is needed). Venus is getting closer to Saturn - something is getting more serious, maybe a commitment is being firmed up (with the Gemini Full Moon building maybe we are deciding between two things).

Mercury in aspect to Chiron (in Aries) could bring up old wounds around our self-doubt/our wounded masculine. But, words can be medicinal now. Confident language creates courage. Maybe it is easier to say/hear the right thing (the Moon opposing in neutral Gemini could bring the emotional impact without the whallop).

One thing to keep in mind with Chiron (who was half animal after all and rather tempestuous) and the Sun's imbalanced aspect with Uranus as the Sun starts to move off his square to Neptune - is we don't want to be making foolish choices right now.

Keep in mind ALWAYS that pile-up of energies in sober Capricorn. Daddy's not only 'home', but he is following you around. ALL THE TIME. 

The energy is kind of wonky today, so stay focused on reality/the facts.

We need to be making smart decisions. With Mercury/Chiron it could be our story is helpful to someone else or theirs is to us, so keep your ears open.

xo all

My next post will be the Full Moon post and then we will finish up December!

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Monday December 9, 2019 - * HEADS UP * green light - a time to be applying our best efforts to get tangible results

You can see Sunday's energies HERE

I am putting Monday up early because there is some great lunar energy, with the Moon in mid to late Taurus - the sign of her EXALTATION, that you might want to find a way to benefit from.

First, late tonight (Sunday night) Mercury moves into Sagittarius. And even though he/she is in his "detriment" in Sagittarius (being Gemini's polarity sign) - this year with Jupiter answering to Saturn, I think as long as our words/ideas/communications (also sibling, local community and transportation situations) are grounded in reality, optimistic, yes, but also serious and not frivolous, this won't be a bad thing. At least the back and forth through the never ending layers of Scorpio is over. 

The Moon is waxing (growing) reaching fullness in just a couple days - so whatever we use Monday's energy for, it should be something either almost finished, almost culminated or maybe something we have already put some thought/action into.

We can use Sunday's Sun/Neptune square to pray/meditate on the best ways to handle Monday.

On MONDAY, the Taurus Moon will sextile Neptune (9:19AM EST - making the dream real) then move into smooth trines with the Cappy pile-up - Venus (11:07AM EST), Saturn (2:54PM EST) and Pluto (8:12PM EST).

So, think about the themes of your Taurus and Cappy houses - in my chart, for example as a Scorpio rising this would be between my 3rd house (communication, information, writing, teaching, learning, siblings, local community, transportation) and 7th house (partners, other people).

Collectively Taurus rules our 2nd house of money, values, self-esteem and Capricorn rules our careers, work in the world, our public persona/reputation - we can all use these themes.

MONDAY is one of December's best days for applying our efforts and getting tangible results. Taurus is our fixed earth sign - so the lunar energies work best for something practical, something we can hold in our hand - a real thing, more than a concept. Something that we want to be lasting and something that provides comfort, security, stabilization will be best.

So, what can you do on Monday to move something forward?

I am negotiating terms/costs on a lease for a building, so I know Monday is the day I want to talk again to the owner. Maybe you have something going on that could use a little astrological good timing. Monday is a green light.

xo all

If you have planets or points in the mid to later degrees of Taurus and/or Capricorn you will probably get the strongest results. Also note Monday's good aspects are lunar and fleeting - they only apply to Monday.

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Today's Astrology Forecast | Saturday, December 7, 2019 - power imbalances, transformation, what goes, what stays, the conversation moves on, focusing on comfort and security, no such thing as a sure thing

The Moon in Aries squares Saturn at 4:09AM EST then goes void off a square to Pluto at 10:05AM - she will be void for the rest of the day. This would NOT be the best day for holiday shopping. Especially big ticket items. The expensive sweater won't fit. The computer will need to be re-turned later.

That closing square to Pluto makes today's mood kind of chilly with power struggles (maybe the need to confront abuses of power), also transformative.

What are we keeping? What needs to go into the dustbin?

The good news (and we talked about this in the monthly HERE) - Mercury gets to 28 degrees Scorpio and begins walking NEW degrees. Bye-bye Mercury retrograde shadow - don't let the door hit ya'. New communications, information, ideas will begin to FLOW. Whatever got stopped up back in the middle of October can start moving again. Mercury also rules our local community, teaching, writing, siblings and transportation - as well as your natal Virgo and Gemini houses.

And we have Venus (in Cappy now) trining that retrograde Vesta (in Taurus). Here is us taking serious stock of what we already have and planning ahead so we have what we will need later. We attract what we want by taking ourselves (and our self-care) seriously and by valuing old resources/money/the stuff that used to keep us up at night. Our values/stuff based in reality are pulling this train forward now.

Mars is as strong as he will be for many months, Venus is deadly serious, Mercury has been back and forth over the details ENOUGH, the Moon is waxing (growing) - we are moving forward folks, and yes, nothing now is without some risk, nothing is unimportant, nothing will feel "for certain" - half the energies are answering to Saturn now - this month is no joke.

The Moon will be in Taurus late tonight into tomorrow and will start squaring Mars - we will probably be feeling very ambitious/passionate about SOMETHING.

The move is ours. The ball is in our court. Breathe. Know we came here for the emotional experiences - does that change your next move? What do you WANT?

xo all

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Astrology of December 2019 | the end of the line - part 1

This is a mega-important month kicking off with Jupiter's move into the hot zone and culminating with the Sun crossing the South Node - bye-bye Capricorn karma!

Let's see if we unpack the month all at once if we can make a little more sense of this than we can going week by week.

We have FIVE planets in Capricorn now, including Jupiter who left his home sign and moved into Cappy (for the first time in twelve years) just a few days ago - Saturn, Pluto, Jupiter, Venus and Ceres.

We are building toward a meeting of Saturn and Pluto on January 12, 2020 - these bad boys haven't met in Capricorn in over 500 years (and other players make the January story even more complicated, although perhaps offer us, humanity, a way collectively and personally, through this challenge).

Keeping in mind it is not really possible to predict astrological happenings down to an exact date (we are already in the process of the January aspects) on January 12, 2020 we are going to have the conjunction of Pluto, Saturn, Ceres, Mercury (all at 22 degrees Capricorn) and the Sun (at 20 degrees). This is happening with Jupiter in Capricorn, two days after an Eclipse and while squaring (let's burn this whole thing down) Eris at 23 degrees Aries.

In the meantime, it is hard/impossible to look this far ahead because we have TWO eclipses - ie cosmic resets, anything can happen - before January 12th with the first coming on Christmas night conjunct Jupiter (instead of the usual 4, and the sometimes 5 eclipses we get in a year - we get 6 in 2020, so enough twists and turns to keep everyone from getting too settled in).

Even with all this Capricorn building to the most powerful 'winter' of our lives, keep in mind, until the Solstice on the 21st, we still have the Sun in Sagittarius!

There is still some time to take advantage of any of Jupiter in Sag's parting gifts! And there are still gifts that are going to show up.

The first week of December is HERE.

DECEMBER 7th - Mercury gets to 28 degrees Scorpio and begins walking NEW degrees. Bye-bye Mercury retrograde shadow - don't let the door hit ya'. New communications, information, ideas will begin to FLOW. Whatever got stopped up back in the middle of October can start moving again. Mercury also rules our local community, teaching, writing, siblings and transportation - as well as your natal Virgo and Gemini houses.

DECEMBER 8th - the Sun in Sagittarius squares Neptune in Pisces at 15 degrees. There are a couple of challenging Neptunian aspects this month and this is one of them.

Situations could be confusing. We want to avoid thinking we have all the answers now because we don't. Holding a strong opinion, ie offering up a judgement now might not be such a good idea. Zip it. If we can stay open without judging there can be a powerful spiritual message now. Stay curious. Don't get locked into any one position here. Work through things in your imagination, but don't jump into anything that looks too good to be true.

This aspect can dilute our focus and sap our energy - even make us sick, so do whatever you do to avoid catching a cold, etc. Our boundaries are large and whisper thin. Squares are tension and frustration. Maybe between that greener grass/opportunity to expand our reach and lies/dishonesty/or our own wishful thinking/escapist tendencies/inability to grow a backbone.

At the same time, and here is the silver lining part, Venus sextiles (opportunity) Neptune. So now we have a clue what to do with this. Focus in on what is practical. This is a time for practical (Capricorn) magic (Pisces). Maybe Neptune softens Venus in Capricorn's hard edges and Venus (in stabilizing Capricorn) offers Neptune's 'dream' something real to hold onto.

A tricky day, but that Venus/Neptune sextile offers opportunities. 

Something to keep in mind with Venus is she is back where she was last February

The difference between now and then is since that time both Saturn and Pluto have gone through their retrogrades and stationed direct. 

We have been through karmic endings/the death that was postponed/the mess that needed to be cleaned up. 

Hopefully we are back here, older and wiser, humbled and streamlined.

(opportunities from last February can return now, too, with a new twist based on how we processed and moved through the 2019 energies)

DECEMBER 9th - Mercury FINALLY climbs out of the Scorpio muck (I am a Scorpio rising, so allowed to call Pluto territory muck, you might not be able to get away with this without getting popped by a Scorpio) and into the bluer skies/greener grasses of Sagittarius. The scope of information available to us broadens. All the little details we have been immersed in during Mercury's transit through Scorpio fade from view a bit. It's like we have applied a wide angle lens to our camera.  

There is more to see (know) but less to specifically look at.

People will start thinking and talking BIG. Making BIG plans. Using BIG persuasive language. It's a good time to sell your "whatever it is", but also a good time to be sold a bill of goods. Keep in mind that words and information could mislead us as our focus moves away from those pesky details and onto the larger landscape.

Mercury is considered in his detriment in Sagittarius because he/she rules Sagittarius's polarity sign of Gemini. It is Mercury's JOB to focus on the details and in Sagittarius he can't see the trees for the forest. But, I think this year he/she (as us) will be aided through the "forest" because Sag ruler Jupiter's wide lens is  tempered by Jupiter being in Saturn ruled Capricorn. The focus will be more on reality and actual results which will be a good thing, plus she helps extends Sag season a bit!

Also on December 9th, Jupiter will square Chiron - we are open to healing, or maybe the hurt gets so big we can't ignore it any longer - OUCH.

DECEMBER 10th - Almost immediately after entering Sagittarius, Mercury trines Chiron. Words are medicinal. Confident language brings courage. It is easier to say the right thing.

DECEMBER 11th - Full Moon in Gemini with the Sun and Moon squaring Neptune and inconjunct Saturn. Venus conjunct Saturn. So a rock and a hard place to Saturn with so much of our chart answering to him now including this Full Moon with Mercury ruler of Gemini in Sag and Sag ruler Jupiter in Capricorn! And many, many people's charts answering to him too - I'm talking to you Taurus risings, Gemini risings, Virgo risings, Libra risings, Scorpio risings (sort of), Sagittarius risings, Capricorn rising, Aquarius rising - who does that leave?

Not such a fun Full Moon. Money and relationship stuff is serious business. We are maybe needing to be like Saturn in order to feel the love (goal-oriented/business-like) and then not able to feel the love because we are like Saturn.

With that square to illusive Neptune from Gemini, we might not know if we are coming or going. This would NOT be the time to make an important decision. Of course look at the date, it could just be everyone is uber busy with the holidays and running out of time (Saturn)!

DECEMBER 13th - Venus conjuncts Pluto in Capricorn, Mars trines Neptune and Chiron stations direct in Aries. The trine is good for moving ahead with creative projects, support from behind the scenes (and behind the veils), healing, charity work. Chiron's direct station will be strongest felt by people with planets/points near 1 degrees Aries or the other cardinal signs. What have we learned about our wounded masculine energy since Chiron stationed retrograde in July? Venus meeting Pluto speaks of the rising feminine energy; claiming our power/claiming ownership. What are we stepping into now?

A powerful day.

And, of course, it's Friday the 13th!

And for the last few days we have been building toward DECEMBER 15th's uber powerful big aspect Jupiter trine Uranus - BIG CHANGE. We will talk about this tomorrow.  

Back tomorrow with Part II

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | December 6, 2019 - taking ourselves seriously, honoring what we value while still moving forward, courage and confidence, smooth pavements and roadblocks

The Moon continues moving through assertive and independent Aries today - squaring Venus at 5:57PM EST (tension  around what we need to do to get what we want and the rules/limits blocking us, a need to adjust our sails) and trining the Sun at 8:04PM EST.

This month's waxing trine (brakes off) with the Sun at 14 degrees Sagittarius and the Moon at 14 degrees Aries, is sandwiched between today's square to Venus (love, money, our values, self-esteem, beauty) and tomorrow's squares to Saturn and Pluto, all in "serious as a heart attack" Capricorn. If you are making important decisions now, I hope you are taking them seriously. 

The trine moves things forward through courage (Aries) and confidence (Sagittarius) or maybe through initiative (Aries) and faith (Sagittarius) or maybe this is really the same thing.

A trine is a 120 degree aspect in astrology. Two planets (or points) are forming one side of a triangle. They are working in harmony, stimulating each other toward increased activity and SUCCESS.

We want (and always have) some of these in our natal birth chart. They are our subtle super powers. We can't see through a wall, but maybe we can see when someone is bullshitting us. We can't leap tall buildings with a single bound, but maybe we can leap over obstacles without getting mired in indecision.

Or we could think of them like a tool we are carrying in our pack for this lifetime. We need a screwdriver. We pull it out without thinking, we use it, it works, we put it back. It's something that's there. And it's helpful.

Once a month, during the Moon's waxing (growing) cycle, the Sun and the Moon reach 120 degrees apart and form a trine.

So although Aries always trines Sag - courage and confidence, initiative and faith always work hand in hand - here is the time in the lunar cycle (and this is brief, but powerful energy and we will only get this particular trine once a year) when we get access to the tools we need to move this month's very particular New Moon energies FORWARD.

Of course, this year, all the Cappy energy, which is impacting ALOT right now (but not EVERYTHING) is squaring the Moon, because Capricorn squares Aries, so it creates a need, even with that smooth-flowing trine - to take certain limits/rules/authority/responsibilities into account now. With Venus there could be financial/resource limits or maybe a partner isn't on the same page with us, with Saturn rules/tradition/authority, with Pluto power - maybe somebody else is calling the shots or holds all the cards - or maybe it just look/feels like they are. We are approaching Sunday's square between the Sun and Neptune - everything is not exactly as it seems now. Stay open and flexible. Don't get to wedded to your beliefs.

At the same time we have the Sun moving through an awkward inconjunct to a retrograde Vesta moving through the middle of Taurus. Here is a rock and a hard place. The Sag Sun wants those greener pastures/to expand his reach, but here is this thing that we once were devoted to/held sacred/kept us up at night - this thing that must still be honored. Maybe it's a resource. Maybe it's what we have earned/valued.

With the Sun trining an Aries Moon (brave action) at the same time, we don't exactly want to let this stop us dead in our tracks, we want to keep moving with courage and confidence, but we don't toss the baby out with the bathwater and we DON"T (those approaching lunar squares to Saturn and Pluto) NOT - yes, I love double negatives -  take this seriously. So, take this seriously, don't move into something stupid, just to move.

What are our values? What's most important?

Maybe we can't have the adventure and keep all those benjamins in our piggy bank (for example), so what's it gonna be?

Mars is in Scorpio - very strong, in a sign he once ruled - and the Aries Moon is answering to him.

Let's keep moving forward.

Let's keep digging for truth, looking under rocks and shaking things out.

Tomorrow, Mercury, will reach fresh territory for the first time in nearly two months, we will know what we are looking for when we see it.

xo all

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Today's Astrology Forecast | December 5, 2019 - a long void moon followed by a second wind, nurtured by men, pushing through obstacles and moving forward

Our Moon in imaginative, spiritual and escape-prone Pisces went void off a trine to Mercury (at the final degrees of her 'third time's the charm' re-walk through Scorpio) at 3:14AM EST.

She will be void until 2:44PM EST when she moves into the 'fresh start' energy of Aries. So wrap things up early in the day, focus on practiced production rather than on starting anything brand new. Expect some wonk and do-overs. That closing trine - brakes off - to Mercury, deep in Scorpio, makes this a good day for deep communications (intimate/financial) or digging through the underpinnings of something.

In Aries, the Moon will have us nurtured/comforted through interactions with men, independent action, initiation, our passions/anger and impulsivity.

She will square Jupiter at 4:08PM EST. Life gets busier - is this possible, yes it is! - we get involved, push through obstacles, make adjustments and make things happen. Aries/Capricorn squares are the old making way for the new or the new making space for the old. Jupiter adds confidence and enthusiasm. We could feel some over-confidence, but maybe that's what we need now!

We have Pluto, Jupiter, Venus, Ceres and the South Node - all in Capricorn with Saturn and answering to Saturn. We have Uranus in Taurus (answering to Venus who's answering to Saturn, and even if we see Uranus as answering to Ceres, as I sometimes play around with, Ceres is also in Capricorn and answering to Saturn), so Saturn is dispositing Uranus. We have Mercury headed into Sagittarius in just a few days (answering to Jupiter who's answering to Saturn), so Saturn will disposit Mercury, too. Yes, it is Saturn's world and we just get to live in it!

It might feel like the heavens have decided we should skip the holidays and rush right into 2020 "New Year - join a gym and work extra hours to pay off the bills" mode. Maybe this is why so many people felt the need to put their holiday decorations up so early this year!

All this Saturn is not necessarily a bad thing (did I actually just write that?!), but it is all rather extreme what with Saturn being our daddy/authority figure and ruling the way we use and misuse our own authority, responsibilities and commitments. Alot of attention is tossed on what power/authority can (and cannot) do now, also on the finality/repercussions of choice we've already made.

Keep in mind though we still have the Sun in sunny Sagittarius for the next couple weeks (before he moves into, you guessed it Capricorn ... and although, yes the Sun in Sagittarius is answering to Jupiter who is answering to Saturn, the Sun is above getting disposited, although certainly some Cappy flavoring is added, but we will never  feel this anyway with all the other old-man Saturnian energy we are having to deal with), we are still fueled through optimism/through a focus on the greener grass over there.

Until a few days ago Jupiter was in his home sign of Sagittarius for the last year. Everyone was given opportunities in 2019 even as we've dealt with these Cappy endings. Jupiter in his home sign lived up to his end of the bargain even though I feel (and I may not be seeing this clearly or maybe I am seeing it perfectly clearly because transitting Neptune has been sitting on my natal Jupiter for what feels like forever) his squares to Neptune dissolved some of our "luck". Still, the opportunities have been there. And if we are feeling like we didn't take advantage/notice them, there are still some twists and turns ahead, folks, our "luck" has certainly not run out!

The Sun in ONLY halfway through Sagittarius. Is the glass half-full or half-empty - that is up to us! The field may have narrowed, but there are still open doors and doors still opening. Optimism and courage in the pursuit of something that expands our reach is still driving everything. Mars is nearing the middle of Scorpio - the ancient ruler of Scorpio, he is the strongest right now that we are going to see him for many, many months - it is a time to be moving things forward.

I don't want to see us beating our heads against the wall, but nothing is really 'dead in the water' while Mars is still in Scorpio!

Once the Moon gets passed the square to Jupiter and conjunction with Chiron tonight (maybe an old pain is triggered when we push too hard, this doesn't mean we give up, we can move past this quickly!) - we will almost certainly start to get a second wind.

xo all

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